Care for Dementia and Alzheimer’s
There are few illnesses regarded with as much dread as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Mission communities understands that making a choice to place a loved one in a nursing home is a big step. Traditional institutions tend to strip meaning and purpose from the lives of elders, removing control over every aspect of daily life.
Mission homes seek to provide meaning and purpose in a home where elders thrive. Our carepartners are trained on how to communicate effectively with residents with cognitive conditions. Mission also believes that “behaviors” cannot be “cured” through the use of medications. Our staff understand the importance of becoming well-known with your loved one. This begins with understanding each person’s history, including family, career, hobbies, values, and spirituality. Understanding what makes them happy, sad, or angry is key to caring for the residents’ well-being. Who you are and what makes you unique as an individual is important. People with dementia always remain unique individuals, and this uniqueness should be the driving force of their lives and their care. Autonomy is preserved as far as possible.
We start with providing a home, not an institution. Your loved one’s personal space is filled with familiar items, and our activities are designed to be meaningful. Our homes take into consideration your loved one’s hobbies and interests, combined with the jobs they may have held in their lives. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit; doing things that are meaningful is essential to human health. We provide opportunities for your loved one to continue to give care to others and their environment. Activities include exercise, sensory, outings, gardening clubs, cooking clubs, drum circles, and music and memory programs.
Mission homes invite families to participate in committees and activities to not only help govern your loved one’s home, but to create lasting memories.